The Scream franchise catapulted Neve Campbell into the spotlight back in the 1990s, building off of the success of films like The Craft and paving the way for her path to stardom. That said, with the success of the Scream franchise came a lot of pressure and job offers, and Campbell decided that she needed a change of pace at that point. In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the release of her new film Skyscraper, Campbell addressed her move away from the Hollywood spotlight and explained:
I needed a minute. In my 20s, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming. Wonderful, obviously, and I'm very grateful for it, but it got to a level, also, where the kinds of things that I was being offered were not the things I wanted to do. I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies.
It's barely a secret that Hollywood is a fast-paced town, and with that pace comes quite a bit of pressure. Job offers rolled in for Neve Campbell after her successful tenure as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films, but many of the jobs were for projects that she didn't want to do. In the end, she decided to take a step back from the acting world and make sure that the offers she accepted were jobs that she actually wanted to involve herself with.
Despite her success, Neve Campbell elaborated during her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert about her dissatisfaction with the job offers that she received during that time. The actress continued:
I just wasn't interested in the scripts and I was feeling a bit unhappy with the things that were coming to me and I was feeling a little bored of the whole thing and I thought, 'I want a change.'
Of course, despite the fact that Neve Campbell needed a change, she obviously did not leave Hollywood behind entirely. The actress remained active over the years on film and in the television world, returning to the Scream franchise for its fourth installment in 2011 and making appearances on hit shows like Mad Men and House of Cards. Nevertheless, she clearly has become decidedly more selective about what she takes part in as an actress.